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A Sea Dog's Tale (1926)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Short | 11 July 1926 (USA)
An island princess falls in love with a young man whose picture she sees in the newspaper. Her father, the king, sends his agents to the U.S. to kidnap the man and bring him back to the islands to marry his daughter. Complications ensue.


Del Lord


Al Giebler (titles) (as A.H. Giebler), Clarence Hennecke (story) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Billy Bevan ... Wilbur Watts
Madeline Hurlock ... Princess Vanilla
Andy Clyde ... King Gumbo
Vernon Dent ... Jo Jo
Patsy O'Byrne ... Lemona Smith
Tiny Ward Tiny Ward ... Native Executioner


Gumbo is the king of a native tribe on the south sea island of Salami. One of his daughters, the beautiful Princess Vanilla, finds an American newspaper clipping featuring an article and photograph of a man named Wilbur Waters, who she proclaims will be the only man she will ever marry. Not knowing the reason, Jo Jo, a prisoner, is dispatched by King Gumbo to find Wilbur and bring him back to the island in return for being pardoned. In reality, Wilbur is a poor schmuck who is in the process of marrying his landlady, Lemona Smith, so that he can pay his bills. Jo Jo manages to kidnap Wilbur just before the "I do's" and bring him back to Salami. When he finally sees Princess Vanilla, Wilbur believes he's died and gone to heaven. Wilbur may go to heaven for real when Jo Jo finds out the reason for his mission, he who won't let Princess Vanilla go to Wilbur without a fight, perhaps to the death. Lemona may however be just as tenacious in getting back her man. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Short


Not Rated






Release Date:

11 July 1926 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Mack Sennett Comedies See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A Tale of the South Seas
27 September 2012 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Polynesian princess Madeline Hurlock spots a picture of Billy Bevan in a newspaper, so daddy Andy Clyde sends Vernon Dent to fetch him from the Midwest, pursued by Billy's landlady/fiancée Patsy O'Byrne.

This Sennett short from the late silent era is filled out with gags that place civilized bits in a primitive setting. The natives eat spaghetti; Billy puts out a fire with a modern -- for 1926 -- fire extinguisher and escapes from the deadly fish of the briny deep by opening a tin of sardines.

The proceedings are enlivened by the apposite titles of Al Giebler. By this time the writing of lively titles -- called "art titles" had reached their peak. The men and women who could write them briefly and amusingly were as highly paid as any of the specialists in the field. Giebler, who had begun as a writer of scenarios a dozen years earlier would return to that specialty in the sound era.

Over all, a typically good Sennett film from the era.

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